Warrants served on Sumter Co. Sheriff’s investigator

April 2019

Investigator Ralph Stuart

By Krista Monk | WALB

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Warrants have been served against a former Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigator, according to District Attorney Lewis Lamb.

Lamb said the warrants filed against Investigator Ralph Stuart are for sexual battery and simple battery. The two warrants were filed after two employees with the Sumter County District Attorney’s Office claimed Stuart inappropriately touched them in an open courtroom last year.

The two employees then filed an ante litum notice for a $100,000 lawsuit against the county, after they said it was caught on camera.

Because the case involved two employees with the DA’s office, Lamb said he will forward the case to the Attorney General’s Office to appoint a conflict prosecutor.

Stuart has been booked, processed, released on a property bond and no longer works with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, according to sheriff’s office officials.